After the excesses and storms of Christmas Day, it was refreshing to wake up to a little sunshine after our rain soaked holiday. I walked out into the garden early this morning just after sunrise and reflected on the simple joys of this season!
I love this Deco vintage French carte de Noel
outside in the early morning light!
we love our Pendleton blanket, a wedding
gift from my cousin Phillip
that is so perfect at Christmastime
we wrapped all our gifts in this pretty
paper with green ribbons
the Provence birdcage filled with
glass Christmas balls
excitedly on Christmas morning by
our daughter Lisa!
Christmas morning we opened presents then dressed up and headed over to the Claremont Hotel in Oakland for a lovely, three-hour Christmas brunch with family. My husband's family has been going there for fifty years!
the dehydrator gift... does Steven love it? why is
Lisa laughing so hard?
the tree ornaments witnessed our festive morning!
the "treize desserts" are now down to about "trois desserts"
(nobody really likes the dried oranges and the figs... not when
there is chocolate nearby!)
the stunning Claremont Hotel and Spa is the setting for
our Christmas Day brunch